First Fortnight of POTUS 45

…among our headlines of interest, January into February 2017…

As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency of the United States, let us revisit his first public reaction to some old news…

Fox5NY (Youtube) – Donald Trump Calls Into WWOR/UPN 9 News on 9/11 – of special note is the discussion at 5:13 in the video of the structural factors relating to the total destruction of World Trade Center towers 1 & 2. Trump suggests that the planes must have been loaded with something more than momentum and jet fuel to have A. penetrated the buildings and B. caused their collapse. One gets the impression that he might have signed up with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Trump had on the campaign trail made frequent reference to the then classified 28 pages of the 2002 congressional investigation of 9/11, wherein the role of the Saudi regime providing support for the attacks is examined…

Blacklisted News (Eric Zuesse) – Al Qaeda Funded by Royal Sauds, U.S. Gov’t. Documents

Since the partial declassification of the chapter, and with the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the Saudis have been scrambling to improve their PR and to challenge the 9/11 suits coming as a result of the act. One of the law firms contracted to represent the regime in the JASTA cases is King & Spalding (The Hill). It turns out that Trump’s choice for Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Indiana Senator Dan Coats, had previously worked for King & Spalding as co-president of governmental relations (Intelligence Online), and who a “King & Spalding news release once touted to clients as a leading member of its team of ‘Washington insiders'” (as noted in a now deleted Matt Tully op-ed from the Indianapolis Star, preserved at the late Gary Welsh blog, Advance Indiana). Following his stint as ambassador to Germany in 2005, Coats was with King & Spalding up until his successful 2010 run for the Senate, where he served one term, without running again in 2016 (AP). With King & Spalding, Coats lobbied for funding Saudi industrial training programs in 2009 on behalf of the Festo Corporation (N.Y. Times, pg. 6) and for Lockheed Martin on a variety of issues including provisions pertaining to Foreign Sales Corporation taxation, Export control and International Taxation issues, along with the F-22 multi-year program (ibid, pgs. 8/9). Weapons sales to Arab nations were something of an issue at the time that Coats was lobbying (7/30/07 CBS News) and Coats evidently persuaded some of his former and future Senate colleagues to lift the export ban of the F-22 (9/10/09 Reuters). His efforts paid off for Lockheed – 4/30/12  Defensetech: F-22s Are Back in the Middle East.

Amidst this backdrop, consider this evasively direct statement on Saudi Arabia in Trump’s Jan. 26 interview on FOX News

HANNITY: Do you trust the Saudis? Over the years, I would argue they’ve been very duplicitous.

TRUMP: Yes. I don’t want to tell you about that. I don’t like talking about how I feel about people because I don’t want to be put in that position. I hope I get along with everybody. But it’s possible I won’t.  A lot of money is being spent from certain countries on radicalizing people. I don’t like that. I don’t like that.

He doesn’t want to talk about it, but between the lines the message is clear – he doesn’t like the Saudi regime arming jihadists and funding Wahhabi madrassas around the world. 9/11 is perhaps deeper behind the lines of his veiled threat. Not that the Saudis are alone in culpability for the attacks, but their role is made clear in the 28 pages, including the still redacted passages which presumably Trump can now read for himself. One of the Saudi royals implicated is Prince Bandar, who was close enough to the Bush family to be nick-named “Bandar Bush” – see WxxxNews: Of Riggs, Bandar and Bush on this relationship.

Although it might be said that Donald Trump effectively hi-jacked the Republican Party through his populist campaign and victories in the primaries, RNC convention, and general election, becoming POTUS 45 itself could not be done without the aid of certain Republican insiders, not least of which is the Vice President, Mike Pence, and the pick for DNI which likely was made in order to satisfy Pence. As we note above, however, Dan Coats will have back-channels to one of the law firms which is representing the Saudis in the 9/11 suits, and perhaps to the Saudis themselves. These may be used to Trump’s advantage against the Saudis, but they could also be a viaduct for sabotaging such efforts.

It cannot go without saying moreover that Trump himself has his own vested interest in “getting along” with the Saudi royals, so long as they remain in power. This is being raised as to why Saudi Arabia (from which the majority of 9/11 hi-jackers were nationals) has not been included on Trump’s immigration ban list…

FortuneThese Countries with Business Links to Trump Aren’t Part of His Immigration Ban

As it is, the readout of the first official communication between POTUS 45 and King Salman (White House) does not tell us as much as does this…

UPIState Dept. approves $525 million aerostat sale to Saudi Arabia

Keep an eye on how Lockheed fares against others, e.g. Boeing, as the Trump administration proceeds…

USNI NewsMattis Orders Comparison Review of F-35C and Advanced Super Hornet

Zero HedgeTrump Strikes Deal With Lockheed, Asks “Where Was The Outrage When Jobs Were Fleeing”

In other news, it has been a tumultuous first fortnight of the Trump presidency…

The battle of D.C. – some blood, property destruction, but no fatalities (see also the Feb. 1 battle of Berkeley below)…

ReutersViolence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration

CNSNewsVIDEO: Anti-Trump Protestors Vandalize Businesses, Cars, Kiosks in D.C.

WJLALimo set on fire during Inauguration Day protests in D.C.

It’s Going Down#DISRUPTJ20 Report Back: The Logan Circle Black Bloc

AlternetWATCH: White Nationalist Richard Spencer Sucker-Punched in the Face During Trump Inauguration

@FuxNetYou think only the right has guns & knows how to use them? Y’all in for a big surprise.

Gateway PunditLeft-Wing Domestic Terrorist Charged with Conspiracy for Plotting Attacks on DeploraBall

CBS NewsMost protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face felony rioting charges, federal prosecutors say

The SunTRUMP’S CCTV SCARE Brit arrested after cyber attack launched on Washington DC’s CCTV network days before Donald Trump’s inauguration

Since offer of fellatio for votes to Hillary didn’t work…

N.Y. Daily NewsMadonna to crowd at Women’s March: ‘I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House’

N. Y. Times (Asra Q. Nomani) – Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington

Fort Russ (translating ruslanostashko LiveJournal) – It’s begun: America’s Maidan rears its head – Ruslan Ostashko

And finally, the scene we anticipated in our early May edition

InfowarsFull Text, Video: President Trump’s Inaugural Speech

LaRouchePACTrump’s Arrival Is a Global Development, Deny It Though He May

Whatever disasters may follow – short of global war – this in itself, among the first of his actions, is the most significant achievement of the Trump presidency – a repelling of the onset of corporate suzerainty over the rule of law of nations…

NikkeiUS announces withdrawal from TPP

NewsbudTPP is Now Even Deader Than Ever Thanks to Trump

PoliticoTrump staff arrives at the White House

All of Trump’s executive actions so far

FOX NewsIn first executive order, Trump tells agencies to ease ObamaCare burden

Free Thought ProjectTrump Signs Executive Order Freezing All Federal Hiring — “Except for Military”

McClatchyDCTrump team compiles infrastructure priority list

NBC NewsTrump to Sign Executive Order on Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA With Mexico, Canada

CNBCMexican president says he canceled meeting with Trump, who maintains the decision was mutual

IntellihubMexican President was funded by the Juarez Cartel and that’s why he is against the Trump border plan

SHTFPlanMexican Official Threatens to Combat President Trump By “Unleashing Drug Cartels”

RT‘Nonsense & downright lie:’ Mexico denies Trump threatened to send troops against ‘bad hombres’

ReutersMexico deports 91 Cubans after U.S. ends ‘wet foot, dry foot’

BreitbartObama’s Border Patrol Chief ‘Forced Out’, He Says

ABC NewsProtesters Take Control of Mexican Border Crossing With US

Wall Street JournalHigh Court Precedent May Limit Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Order

World Socialist Web SiteTrump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court (WaPo) Trump ‘doesn’t care about Australia’, say journalists behind Washington Post exclusive

3:34 AM EST…

@realDonaldTrumpThank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!

Trump State Department was off to a rough start…

Reuters (Jan. 19) – Trump to keep 50 staff in key posts at Pentagon, State, others

The HillDiplomats, spy stepping down despite being asked to stay

As of Jan. 26, it is an entirely clean slate…

Washington PostThe State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned

And yet, has the fundamental policy been expelled? Or is it to be amplified in dealing with unfinished business?…

N.Y. TimesTrump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy

(which, we might add, embraced key pillars of Bush’s foreign policy)

AntiwarReport: Trump to Ban Citizens of Seven Countries Visiting US

All being targets of the neocon regime change hit-list….

Anti-MediaThe U.S. Had a Plan to Topple All 7 Countries on Trump’s Refugee Ban List

National Iranian American CouncilTrump’s Muslim Ban is Real and Even Worse Than Imagined

N.Y. TimesProtest Grows ‘Out of Nowhere’ at Kennedy Airport After Iraqis Are Detained

BloombergConfusion Grips Airports as Courts Limit Trump Travel Curbs

It’s Going DownProtests Breakout at Airports Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

Wayne Madsen ReportJanuary 30-31, 2017 — UPDATE 1X — A week in office, Trump brings on constitutional crisis

At airports across the world and at immigration checkpoints at airports across the United States, permanent U.S. residents were held in detention and some were put on planes back to their points of travel origination. When five federal judges issued temporary stays on the implementation of Trump’s executive order, the White House balked. For some reason, the Trump administration believes the judiciary is subservient to the executive branch. It took one federal judge, John Sirica, the chief judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and a Republican nominated by Dwight Eisenhower, to show President Richard Nixon that his “imperial presidency” stopped with the federal judiciary. Sirica, who was a close personal friend of former heavyweight boxing star Jack Dempsey, went several rounds in court with the Nixon administration over the Watergate scandal. In the end, Sirica delivered a knockout punch to several of Nixon’s closest advisers and, eventually, Nixon resigned in disgrace…

The second Trump executive order that has turned the White House upside down is his dictate to demote the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from members of the “Principals Committee” of the National Security Council. The Principals Committee, which normally include both the JCS chair and DNI, normally meet once a week. In fact, JCS chairman, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, and DNI-designate Dan Coats, have been relegated to the rank of NSC “deputies.” The NSC “Deputies Committee” meets more often than the principals but they carry much less clout. Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told NBC News: “My biggest concern is there are actually, under the law, only two statutory advisers to the National Security Council and that’s the Director of Central Intelligence, or the DNI, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I think pushing them out of the National Security Council meetings, except when their specific issues are at stake, is a big mistake.” In other words, Trump’s order removed the two NSC members whose membership is based on the law. It is strike two for Trump, as far as his ignorance of the law is concerned.

There are reports that two of Trump’s closest advisers — chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer — have come close to resigning from a White House they believe is operating by the seat of its pants.

In what might be considered strike three, Trump elevated his political counselor Bannon to the Principles Committee of the NSC. George W. Bush’s counselor Karl Rove and Obama’s counselor David Axelrod sat in on a few NSC meetings but they were not members nor were they permitted to speak.

The NSC decision by Trump did not sit well with General Dunford’s old Marine Corps colleague, retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. There are rumblings in the Pentagon that Mattis is not at all pleased that his four-star Marine colleague has essentially been replaced on the NSC by Bannon, whose highest rank in the Navy was Lieutenant. At the Washington elite Alfalfa Club dinner on the evening of January 29, Mattis’s unhappiness over the treatment of Dunford was the talk of the gossip circuit as was General John Kelly’s irate reaction to the implementation of a visa ban order at Homeland Security over which he had zero input. White House sources at the dinner told The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons that the visa ban was ordered not to be discussed with anyone outside the White House or, as was the case with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), even within the White House…

There were early concerns about Trump placing so many generals in the Cabinet. So far, the generals — Mattis and Kelly, with the addition of Dunford at JCS — may be the only people standing between a would-be dictator and the U.S. Constitution. The clock had longer to tick out on Nixon. Trump’s fast-moving clock toward impeachment is now at September 1973 in Nixonian terms.

Update 1x: U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California Dolly Gee became the sixth federal judge to block Trump’s executive order on deportations. She ordered the immediate return to the United States of Iranian national Ali Vayeghan, a U.S. visa holder, who was deported from Los Angeles to Dubai. Vayeghan was en route to see his son, a U.S. citizen, in Indiana. Gee ruled that Trump’s immigration ban violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. Trump’s order also resulted in acting Attorney General of the United States Sally Yates proclaiming that the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s order in court as it is a violation of the Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act. Judge Gee was nominated by President Obama and she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December 2009. Yates is a non-partisan career Justice Department prosecutor. If Trump fires Yates prior to the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Trump sets the stage for the greatest constitutional crisis since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of October 1973 when President Nixon fired his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General for refusing to sack the Watergate special prosecutor on Nixon’s orders.

Later that evening, he fired her…

BloombergTrump Fires Acting Attorney General, Deepening U.S. Immigration Conflict

Cryptome – Darweesh v. Trump Immigrant Detention Stay/Docket

Wall Street JournalTrump Team Kept Plan for Travel Ban Quiet

InterceptHomeland Security Inspector General Opens Investigation of Muslim Ban, Orders Document Preservation

N.Y. TimesBannon Is Given Security Role Usually Held for Generals

Foreign PolicyTrump Advisor Bannon Predicts Wars With China, Middle East; Pentagon Officials Say Gloves Off in Yemen

ABC NewsPresident Trump Tells ABC News’ David Muir He ‘Absolutely’ Thinks Waterboarding Works

Matthew Aid (AP) – CIA’s New Deputy Director, Gina Haspel, Ran a Secret Prison in Thailand Where Detainees Were Tortured

His first blood…

U.S. Department of DefenseU.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

Guardian (Jan. 22) – Suspected US drone strikes kill three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen, officials say

Alert 5 (Jan. 29 L.A. Times) – Osprey destroyed; U.S. soldier killed during raid in Yemen

ReutersCommando dies in U.S. raid in Yemen, first military op OK’d by Trump

The U.S. military said it killed 14 militants in a raid on a powerful al Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of U.S. drone strikes. Medics at the scene, however, said around 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed…

Eight-year-old Anwar al-Awlaki [sic – Nawar, or Nora ], the daughter of U.S.-born Yemeni preacher and al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, was among the children killed in the raid, according to her grandfather. Her father was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.

“She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours,” Nasser al-Awlaki told Reuters. “Why kill children? This is the new (U.S.) administration – it’s very sad, a big crime.”

But it was a left-over from the old administration…

N.Y. Times

The military’s Joint Special Operations Command had been planning the mission for months, according to three senior American officials. Obama administration aides had deliberated extensively over the proposed operation, weighing the value of any information that might be recovered against the risk to the Special Operations forces plunging into hostile territory. But administration officials ultimately opted to hand the decision on the mission to their successors.

ABC NewsAl-Qaeda Fighters in Yemen Seemed Ready for SEAL Raid: Source

Given his suspected Wahhabist leanings – see our Dec. 27 edition – the question can be asked: did the foreknowledge come from the former CIA director John Brennan? His parting shot to Trump? Not that efforts to sabotage won’t continue as he enters the private sector.

Regardless, the raid and its casualties fall under the epitaph of “nightmares we inherited” (Richard Nixon’s words, in answer to Mrs. Dickerson, towards the end [22] of his Jan. 4, ’71 press conference – The American Presidency Project).  As Nixon inherited Viet Nam, as Kennedy inherited the Bay of Pigs, as Obama inherited Afghanistan and Iraq, Trump has inherited the nightmare of “war without end” – not just one or two wars, but multiple wars in addition to Afghanistan and Iraq, which though deescalated under Obama, have been supplemented with wars in Libya and Syria among other theaters including Yemen.

Trump has quickly joined then the gallery of war criminal presidents, inclusive of every president since FDR (with the possible exceptions of Ford and Carter). Among Obama’s crimes was the the targeted assassination of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, without due process as afforded by the U.S. Constitution. As we recall, the domestic mainstream media were apologists when Obama killed Awlaki along with, albeit as ‘collateral damage’ later on, his 16 year old son Abdulrahman (if it was reported at all). But perhaps one of the benefits of the Trump presidency is that the same media shall again become adversarial, as the First Amendment intended it to be…

NBC NewsSEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

ThereAreNoSunglasses  – Photo of Dead Nora, from the Facebook page devoted to Nawar al Awlaki

CBC News (Jan. 30) – U.S. drone kills 2 suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

LiveLeakAl Madinah Yemen: Houthis Target Saudi Navy Al-Madinah Class Frigate

FOX NewsIran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution, US officials say

(Jan. 31) – Pentagon believes attack on Saudi frigate meant for US warship

Zero Hedge (Feb. 1) – Gen. Flynn: “Today We Are Officially Putting Iran On Notice”

Reuters (Feb. 2) – ‘Nothing is off the table’ for Iran: Trump

Middle East Eye (Feb. 3) – US imposes new sanctions on Iran and sends warship to coast of Yemen

Mint Press NewsStrange Bedfellows: US, Saudi, Al-Qaida & ISIS Interests Align In War On Yemen

Activist PostBBC Journalist Admits MSM “Journalist” Bilal Abdul Kareem “Works With al-Qaeda”

BBCUK warship escorts Russian carrier in English Channel

APTrump willing to work with Russia against IS

Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertyPentagon Denies Russian Claims About Coordinated Strikes In Syria

President of RussiaTelephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

ReutersTrump says he is only in early stages of considering lifting Russia sanctions

Notwithstanding, the tanks are still rolling East…

Estonian worldThe US is to deploy tanks to Estonia

Zero HedgeGermany Deploys Tanks, Troops To Lithuania To “Bolster Confidence In Face Of Russian Aggression”

Russia Launches Biggest Arctic Military Expansion Since Fall Of USSR

Putin Accuses Ukraine Of Violence Flare Up, Extorting Cash From US; Trump Response Awaited

Fort Russ (translating Süddeutsche Zeitung) – Though Merkel makes nice, Germany knows what’s going on it Donetsk

(translating DONiPRESS) – Ukraine persists in heavy bombardments on residential areas. Evacuations underway.

Moon of AlabamaUkraine – Coup Government Tries To Sabotage U.S.-Russia Rapprochement

BloombergThe One Russian Linking Putin, Erdogan and Trump

Mixed signals as to whether Trump’s national security advisor is still under investigation for his communications with Russia…

LawfareWhat Do We Know About Investigations Into Trump Associates’ Ties to Russia?

Washington PostFlynn is in quite a fix

InterceptSeymour Hersh Blasts Media for Uncritically Promoting Russian Hacking Story

But do keep Hersh’s LRB Military to Military in mind…

The New Arab (citing Arabic Rudaw) – Russia-drafted new constitution for Syria promises Kurds greater autonomy

Al MonitorWhy did Russia offer autonomy for Syria’s Kurds?

Activist PostTrump Administration Arming Kurdish Militants; U.S. And Russia Float Kurdish Autonomy In Syria

Zero HedgeUS Sends Military Supplies To Syrian Alliance In First Under Trump Admin

Trump Proposal For Syria “Safe Zones” To Escalate US Military Involvement In The Region

Speculation Grows That Bashar Assad Has “Suffered A Stroke” As Syria Slams Trump’s “Safe Zone” Proposal

Penny for your thoughtsTrumps Syrian Safe Zones: Trouble for Turkey & Syria / Undermining Astana Agreement

ReutersGermany refuses Turkish demand for access to imagery from campaign against Islamic State

Counter Current NewsTrump Tells CIA “We’ll Get Another Chance” at Invading Iraq and Stealing Its Oil

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD45’s Lessons From The Surge

Daily SheepleIntelligence Report Reveals US Urged Saddam Hussein to Attack Syria

Global ResearchTrump’s “War on Terrorism”: Going After America’s “Intelligence Assets”?

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Reuters) – Bandar’s Boy, Ahmad Jarba, Claims To Lead Arab Assault Force Upon Raqqa

DEBKAfileFirst Trump era war? Serbia versus Muslim Kosovo

21st Century Wire“There are NO Moderates”, Tulsi Gabbard’s Report from Syria

Moon of AlabamaThe End Of Mingling – “Moderate Rebels” Join Al-Qaeda In Syria

Al MonitorUS strike rekindles debate over Trump plans for Libya

Reuters – Trump, Sisi discuss fighting terrorism in phone call

Israel advises citizens in Egypt’s Sinai to leave, cites attack risk

Nararnet2 Lebanese, 2 Nepalese and 1 Palestinian Held for Spying for Israel

Al ArabiyaUkraine seizes Iran-bound plane ‘carrying missiles’

Al MonitorNetanyahu’s road to Iran runs through North Korea

APIsraeli leader to Iran: “We are your friend, not your enemy”

Al MonitorIsraeli security establishment to Netanyahu: Don’t touch Iran deal

BloombergNetanyahu to Discuss Renewed Sanctions on Iran With Trump

IndependentDonald Trump in ‘beginning stages’ of discussing plan to relocate US Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, White House confirms

N.Y. TimesEmboldened by Trump, Israel Approves a Wave of West Bank Settlement Expansion

Alert 5 ( – Fifth test of David’s Sling carried out successfully

HMS Vengeance for 1776? 1812?…

(BBC, The Times) – British Trident SLBM veered off course towards U.S. during test-firing

BTObama government asked UK to keep Trident ‘malfunction’ secret – reports

With change of administration,  is The Donald sending Her Majesty a message?…

The SunSWAN SLAYINGS Twelve of Queen’s swans have been SHOT in the head by sick snipers targeting them at Windsor Castle

Amid hopes of deescalation of U.S. tensions with Russia, shall another old rivalry be revived?…

RT (citing Global Times) – China reportedly deploys ICBMs near Russia’s border

Fort Russ (translating ruslanostashko LiveJournal) – Chinese missiles on Russia’s border: The West’s newest information war ploy

Washington Free BeaconChina Tests Missile With 10 Warheads

South China Morning PostChina ‘steps up preparedness for possible military conflict with US’

Global Research (Bruce Gagnon) – Space Technology, Global Warfare, The Pentagon “First Strike Attack Plans”. Growing US Military Presence in “Asia-Pacific Pivot”

ReutersPhilippines says U.S. military to upgrade bases, defense deal intact

Yonhap News AgencyU.S. asks S. Korea to arrest ex-U.N. chief’s brother

Mattis: None other than N. Korea needs to worry about THAAD

UPIReport: Two North Korea ICBMs placed in position

38 NorthIran’s Missile Test: Getting the Facts Straight on North Korea’s Cooperation

Voice of AmericaPakistan Tests Ballistic Missile Capable of Carrying Multiple Nuclear Warheads

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Danikbaskrkcom) – Hafiz Saeed Allegedly Arrested In Pakistan Under Pressure From Trump

Xinhua16 police killed in S. Afghanistan’s Kandahar province

APExtremist gunmen storm hotel in Somali capital, 11 killed

IHS Janes 360Kenyan base overrun in Somalia

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – ‘Billion-year’ Gambian President Was Installed by the CIA

Globalists/Neocons Prepare to Battle Russia and United States

Wayne Madsen ReportJanuary 25-26, 2017 — Trump quietly orders Pompeo to sever all CIA ties with George Soros

Under the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, it was not unusual for Central Intelligence Agency station chiefs in capital cities around the world to coordinate political activities between Open Society Institute (OSI) “civil society” staffers financed by hedge fund billionaire George Soros and members of governments and opposition political parties. However, according to WMR’s sources in Europe, all that ceased when Donald Trump’s selection as CIA director, Mike Pompeo, took over the reins at the CIA.

Trump ordered Pompeo to sever all CIA connections with Soros’s multitude of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most of these links were carried out via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), longtime ciphers for CIA involvement with NGO activities abroad. A more recent U.S. government-funded entity, the US Institute of Peace, has also carried out subversive operations in concert with the CIA…

A number of political leaders in eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the prime ministers of Hungary and Slovakia and the presidents of the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Macedonia, have complained about the coordination of activities on their soil between the CIA, Soros, and domestic opposition groups. It was this sort of coordination that led to anti-democratic “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia that led to the ouster of democratically-elected governments.

In a more “cloak-and-dagger” move, the CIA, which has closely monitored groups acting against the activities of Soros and warned them of threats when necessary, has dropped that surveillance, according to our sources. That means Soros and his minions of “Sorosites” are now fair game for intelligence agencies ranging from Budapest, Podgorica, and Bucharest to Chisinau, Minsk, and Skopje. George Soros may now have to make one more “investment” — the hiring of capable personal body guards.

He’s now targeting Romania evidently…

Fort RussMassive protests rock Romania … with the stench of Soros

IndependentDutch regulator accidentally reveals which companies George Soros is betting against

CBSIntel officials say Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters was “uncomfortable”

CNNEx-CIA chief Brennan bashes Trump over speech during CIA visit

IntelNewsSome at CIA wonder whether to share sources and methods with Trump

Empty WheelThe Problems with Pompeo: A Willingness to Use Information on Americans Russia Hacked and Shared with Trump

Ronald Thomas WestTrump’s DNI – A Dire Wolf for Jesus

Intercept (Jeremy Scahill) – Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows

N.Y. Times  – Trump Poised to Lift Ban on C.I.A. ‘Black Site’ Prisons

Zero HedgeWhite House Denies Authenticity Of Leaked Executive Order To Reopen CIA “Black Site” Prisons

Another retraction – we linked this in our previous edition; it is becoming quite exhausting as a news aggregator to do the fact checking that these so-called journalists are lapsing on!…

Daily CallerTrump Calls Out Time Magazine For Fake News Story About Removing MLK Bust From Oval Office

IG Investigating Obama Admin Cyber Attacks On Georgia Election System

The HillWH: Trump will sign directive on voter-fraud probe

Ars TechnicaAjit Pai, staunch opponent of consumer protection rules, is now FCC chair

Daily SheepleGreat News for Net Neutrality: Trump Selects Ajit Pai to Head FCC

PoliticoMelania Trump wins round in libel suit over blogger’s ‘escort’ claims

EngadgetTrump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights

TechdirtAfter Voting To ‘Escape’ EU Sovereignty, Post-Brexit UK Will Become Subject To Corporate Sovereignty On A Massive Scale

Just SecurityA New Era of Mass Surveillance is Emerging Across Europe

Der Spiegel (RT English) – Sadistische Rituale bei der Kampfsanitäter-Ausbildung

Climate DepotAll References to ‘Climate Change’ Deleted From White House Website at Noon Today (Inauguration Day)

Huffington PostEPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

TruthoutMonsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks Secret on Glyphosate Cancer Review

Blacklisted News (Max Planck Institute) – Genetically Modified Insects Could Put Organic Farmers At Risk And Disrupt International Food Trade

APMars investigating Skittles said to be intended for cattle

Free Thought ProjectTrump Signs Executive Order Forcing Continuation of DAPL & Keystone XL

While Americans Focus on DC, Cops Unleash Fury During DAPL Water Protector Eviction

Standing Rock Tribal Council Betrays Water Protectors, Sends In Cops

Zero HedgeDakota Access Pipeline Set For Completion After Army Approval

Alaska IndigenousFederally Recognized Tribes Should Brace For Possible Termination Policy Under Trump

BloombergPutin’s Other American Propaganda Effort: Anti-Fracking News

Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Moscow Trains Anti-Trump US Radicals – CNN’s Putin/Trump Link Debunked

The battle of Berkeley…

It’s Going DownBerkeley: Clashes Break Out Against Alt-Right and Milo

We Are ChangeHIGHLIGHTS: Violent Protesters Force Cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulous Speech at UC Berkeley

Live LeakAnti Milo (AntiFa) Protesters Break Into Berkeley Bank

@KGBVeteranMilo supporter is beaten unconscious with poles by ANTIFA scum and left for dead in the street.

@MisterMetokurThey are surrounding people and beating them with Antifa flags and poles.

@CernovichReports of “antifa” threatening to rape female Trump supporters.

@YoungDems4TrumpI watched live as a young girl was beat down & pepper sprayed by three men at UC Berkeley. They kicked her ribs in and stole her hat.

@PrinceNarcissusPolice scanner of @UCPD_Cal is dead quiet, literally nothing. Turmoil and chaos on the streets, 3 banks looted. Quit

BreitbartDonald Trump Threatens to Cancel Berkeley Federal Funds After Riots Shut Down Milo Event

3:48 AM…

@realDonaldTrumpProfessional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Earlier in Milo’s “dangerous faggot” tour…

Zero HedgeMan Shot Outside University of Washington MILO Event, Gunman Spoke On Camera Minutes Before

Industrial Workers of the WorldShooter of unarmed anti-racist walks free; authorities silent

Victoria Advocate (Texas) – Investigators search for cause of mosque fire

CBC NewsQuebec City mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette charged with 6 counts of 1st-degree murder

Penny form your thoughtsQuebec Shooting: “White Privilege” Identity Politics & Dylann Roof Replay

Delaware OnlineTwo-day Smyrna, Delaware prison siege leaves one dead

Chicago TribuneShootings, homicides in Chicago both higher than start of violent 2016

@realDonaldTrumpIf Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!

NBC Chicago6 Shot at Memorial For Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

CBS ChicagoOhio Pastor Claims Chicago Gangs Want To Work With Trump To Fight Crime

Black Agenda ReportTrump Will Probably Dump Police Department “Consent Decrees”

InterceptSecret Docs Reveal: President Trump Has Inherited an FBI With Vast Hidden Powers

N.Y. TimesTrump Is Said to Keep James Comey as F.B.I. Director

Dallas NewsThe FBI ran a child porn site to catch predators, and now the accused are crying foul

“Pizzagate” still alive…

N. Y. PostAnthony Weiner may get slapped with child pornography charge

Daily MailPedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college


Correction to the following headline: technically, it is CBS affiliate reporter Ben Swann, who indeed has been a noble journalist covering otherwise verboten subjects over his career at various local network affiliates around the country, from El Paso to Cincinnati to Atlanta’s CBS46

Illegal NewsCBS Reporter Ben Swann Under Massive CIA/Media Targeted Harassment and Threats for Exposing Their Pizzagate Child Trafficking Network to Millions of Americans

Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – The Clinton Imbroglio In Haiti-Balkan Black Magic – PizzaGate 10

Zero HedgeThe Clinton-Silsby Trafficking Scandal And How The Media Attempted To Ignore/Cover It Up

(citing Коммерсантъ, translation at ThereAreNoSunglasses) – Head Of Investigations At Russia’s Biggest Cybersecurity Firm Arrested For Treason

Empty WheelOn Russian Treason

ThereAreNoSunglassesKaspersky’s War On Crowdstrike Evangelist Dmitri Alperovitch

Wall Street JournalKey Claims in Trump Dossier Said to Come From Head of Russian-American Business Group

SputnikWikiLeaks Prompts Hackers to Leak Trump’s Tax Returns

RTAssange ‘stands by’ US extradition offer, promises ‘big publishing year ahead’

@wikileaksReward for the killers of Seth Rich is now $130,000

Absolutely delusional…

Edward KleinHillary: “I’ll Be Back!”

[Why won’t Ed approve our comment?: The woman is delusional. While she still has a few dead-ender defenders, most of the sentiment coming fro the left is that of anger for her DNC stealing of the nomination from Bernie. Besides all that, she must be in denial about her health. Please, just fade into the sunset…]

Daily MailPedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college

ABA JournalFormer House Speaker Hastert seeks repayment of hush money

IndependentMark Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaii families to force them to sell their land

McClatchyDCProtesters set to gather at border wall — of Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaiian estate

Waking TimesRothschild Family Wealth is Five Times that of World’s Top 8 Billionaires Combined

Zero HedgeGreece Is In Trouble Again: Bonds, Stocks Plunge As Bailout Talks Collapse; IMF Sees “Explosive” Debt

Wall Street on ParadeCitigroup’s Crime Spree Against Americans Continues With Slaps on the Wrist

Wall Street JournalDonald Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank Law, Fiduciary Rule

The Economic CollapseIs It Just A Coincidence That The Dow Has Hit 20,000 At The Same Time The National Debt Is Reaching $20 Trillion?

New YorkerDoomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

ENE NewsExperts: US hit with sudden spikes of rare radioactive material from Fukushima — Has 15.7 Million year half life — “Orders of magnitude” rise in levels on West Coast — Much higher amounts than were detected near Fukushima plant just after 3/11

Japan TimesNuclear fuel debris that penetrated reactor pressure vessel possibly found at Fukushima No. 1

Extremely deadly radiation reading, huge hole found in grate under Fukushima No. 1 reactor vessel

N.Y. TimesNew Prospects for Growing Human Replacement Organs in Animals

GuardianOrganisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms – citing…

PNASA semisynthetic organism engineered for the stable expansion of the genetic alphabet

ScienceProposed U.S. biotech rules raise industry hopes and anxieties

Independent.ieNASA ‘cuts live feed from international space station’ after mysterious object appears on camera

[Editor’s note: with other projects having fallen into neglect, our regular aggregating of headlines shall be less intensive in coming editions. We will aim at resuming monthly, rather than fortnightly editions.]

4 responses to “First Fortnight of POTUS 45

  1. On the subject of Iran, it appears that Team Trump has also been infiltrated by yet another terrorist group, MEK, with ties to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the usual neocon suspects from the RNC.

    “The connection of an anti-Iran exile group to senior members in the Trump administration may explain why the US president has taken such a hostile line towards the Islamic Republic, declaring it a number one state sponsor of terrorism and slapping new sanctions on Tehran.

    Trump’s National Security adviser Michael Flynn issued an unusual public statement last week, provocatively claiming that Iran was being put on notice for future unspecified actions, including military actions, over its recent ballistic missile tests. Trump himself has weighed in, scorning Iran for destabilizing the Middle East.

    It turns out that an Iranian dissident group with suspected links to Israeli and Saudi state intelligence may have the ear of the president in setting his policy.

    Trump’s newly confirmed transport secretary Elaine Chao and at least one of the president’s top advisers, former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani, have both appeared as guest speakers at rallies organized by the Iranian dissident group, Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK).

    Other senior political figures close to the Trump inner circle who are also associated with the MEK include Republican party grandee Newt Gingrich, former CIA director James Woolsey and former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

    The MEK originated as an armed insurgency against the US-backed Shah dictatorship during the 1960s. It later fell foul of the Islamic clerical government that has ruled Iran since 1979. The Iranian authorities have designated the MEK as a foreign-backed terrorist group. It is estimated to have carried out up to 17,000 killings against Iranian citizens in an attempt to destabilize the Islamic Republic. The assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in recent years has been linked to MEK operatives, orchestrated by American and Israeli intelligence. Republican elder statesmen Newt Gingrich, who is a foreign policy adviser to Trump, famously called for more such assassinations.

    Oddly enough, considering the group’s connections to senior Washington figures, the MEK was also responsible for the killing of at least six American servicemen and military contractors during the 1970s, when it was opposed to the US-backed Shah. The MEK declares that it has since renounced armed violence, officially as of 2001, and it blames the earlier killings of American citizens on a splinter group. It was taken off the US blacklist of foreign terror groups in 2012 — a move that was earlier recommended by the Washington-based Brookings Institute in 2009, when the think-tank referred to the MEK as a useful proxy for regime change in Iran.

    According to a report this week from Associated Press, Trump’s transport secretary Elaine Chao received $50,000 for a five-minute speech she gave in 2015 at a rally held in French capital Paris, which was organized by the political wing of the MEK. Attending the same rally was Rudy Giuliani who gave a vehement speech calling for regime change in Iran.

    Chao, who is married to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, received an additional $17,500 for a speech she delivered in March 2016 at another rally held in the US organized by Iranian dissident groups linked to the MEK.

    Giuliani was considered by Trump for the post of Secretary of State before the top diplomat job was finally given to Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil. Last month, Giuliani and other former US officials wrote a letter to Trump calling on the new administration to establish a dialogue with the MEK’s political wing, reported the AP.

    This lobbying background serves to explain why the Trump administration has taken an abruptly hostile line towards Iran.”


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